Yacht club’s tribute to tragic Sunderland pilot who lost his life in Cork air crash

Fund-raising organisers (front left to right) Brian, Kristina, Lynne Jameson, and Steve Thompson with Andrew's mum Ann Cantle, centre, along with members of Sunderland RNLI lifeboat crew.

Fund-raising organisers (front left to right) Brian, Kristina, Lynne Jameson, and Steve Thompson with Andrew's mum Ann Cantle, centre, along with members of Sunderland RNLI lifeboat crew.

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A YACHT club is set to mark the first anniversary of the death of a Wearside pilot killed in an air crash.

The Forever by the Sea fund was launched in memory of Andrew Cantle, from Moorside, Sunderland, who died in the accident in the Republic of Ireland last February.

Undated handout photo issued by the RNLI of Andrew Cantle, 27, the co-pilot killed in the Cork plane crash, who joined Sunderland RNLI in 2000 and spent eight years at the station before moving to York to take up his career as an airline pilot. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday February 11, 2011. The co-pilot killed in the Cork plane crash had previously helped rescue 66 people volunteering on a lifeboat in the north-east of England.'See PA story IRISH Crash. Photo credit should read: RNLI/PA Wire 'NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Undated handout photo issued by the RNLI of Andrew Cantle, 27, the co-pilot killed in the Cork plane crash, who joined Sunderland RNLI in 2000 and spent eight years at the station before moving to York to take up his career as an airline pilot. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday February 11, 2011. The co-pilot killed in the Cork plane crash had previously helped rescue 66 people volunteering on a lifeboat in the north-east of England.'See PA story IRISH Crash. Photo credit should read: RNLI/PA Wire 'NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

The 27-year-old co-pilot and Spanish pilot Jordi Lopez, 31, were making a third attempt to bring down the turboprop aircraft in thick fog when it crashed at Cork Airport.

Both Mr Cantle and Mr Lopez were killed, along with four passengers on board the flight from Belfast.

Andrew was a former member of the RNLI, taking part in 65 emergency sea missions and rescuing 66 people in eight years.

Now Sunderland Yacht Club has organised an event at its centre in Marine Walk, Roker, as a mark of respect and to raise funds.

Alan Dixon, commodore of the club, said: “We are delighted to host and support this event, as well as supporting annual events such as this fund-raising night. Our members actively support the station taking on roles within the organisation.”

Sunderland Yacht Club was formed in 1912 to encourage boating activities and has 250 members.

“We have among our members two crew, three launching authorities, three sea safety advisors, a box collector and four members of the management team with the RNLI,” said Mr Dixon.

“We know better than most what a great job the RNLI crew do to provide a first-class service to the community.”

The Forever by the Sea fund recently topped £5,000, which has allowed lifeboat volunteers from Sunderland to take part in vital training courses.

Completed programmes include casualty care training course, which meets all the necessary criteria approved by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and is recognised by the British Paramedic Association and the Anaesthetic, Trauma and Critical Care Association.

Paul Nicholson, senior helmsman of Sunderland RNLI, said: “We are all extremely grateful to the committee and members of the Sunderland Yacht Club who have once again chosen to support our charity.

“With the night being held almost a year to the day after Andy’s tragic death, we thought it would be fitting to remember him. It will be the sort of function he loved to attend.”

The Sunderland Yacht Club will hold its charity night, which will include music, games and raffles, at its centre in Marine Walk, Roker, on February 11, at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £2.50, available from the club. All money will be donated to the Andrew Cantle memorial fund.

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